Orczy and it was published by Dodd, Mead & Company in the year 1964. The scene is
period nobody was safe from the horrifying grasp of “Madame la Guillotine” which
claimed hundreds of lives every day. But a few brave men headed by a courageous
their deaths. By use of trickery and deceit, these 20 men helped many endangered
royalty and honored citizens were protected. Among the most widely acknowledged
after Lady Blakeney confessed to her husband how she had accidentally been involved in
wife, Sir Percy’s adoration of her was not shown anymore. However he continued on
never let her know of the secretive life he led as the celebrated Scarlet Pimpernel.
death in France if she promised to help in leading him to the elusive man known as the
Scarlet Pimpernel. It was a difficult moral decision, but out of the love for her dear
Scarlet Pimpernel, Marguerite raced to France in hopes of undoing her grave mistake
and saving her husband who she knew was being hunted by Chauvelin. The suspense
along with the Jewish man and the hut was searched for Armand and the other men, but
they had escaped. However, Chauvelin had found a small note in the corner of the hut
and had directions to the place where he was next headed. Leaving the weak
Marguerite Blakeney and the Jewish man alone, Chauvelin and his soldiers marched off
been with them the entire time, as the disguised Jewish man. Reunited at last, Lady
Blakeney and her daring husband rekindled their love as they saw how their lives had
where they met Armand and the innocent ones who had escaped with him. As for
Chauvelin, his fate was not made very clear in the novel but it can be guessed that an
appointment was arranged for him to meet “Madame la Guillotine.”
Lady Marguerite Blakeney, the “cleverest woman in Europe,” and depicted her husband’s
valor. The sentence stating, “her beauty was at its most dazzling stage. . .the sweet
childlike mouth, the straight chiselled nose, round chin, and delicate throat, all seemed
set off by picturesque costume of the period,” is brought to life by these illustrations.
The language in which this was written is also interesting. The book was obviously
written in the 18th century which is demonstrated by the sort of English used. The
characters seem to be very conservative, all the customs and polite airs are strictly
Lady Blakeney being politely greeted with a kiss upon her hand.
The suspense in this novel also enhanced it’s quality, enthralling the reader and
holding their attention. A quote from one of the concluding chapters serves as an
example to the amount of suspense present. It states, “Marguerite’s breath stopped short;
she seemed to feel her very life standing still momentarily whilst she listened to that voice
and serves to keep them interested. The plot of the book is complex and yet so simple. It
dramatize it and add the wonderful suspense. The conclusion is also set off with much
Pimpernel and his unknowing wife. The true identity of the Jewish man is shocking and
adds depth to the characters along with the story. What we perceive to be, and take for
Wit enhances a novel by entertaining the reader with not only the plot line but
some of the situations which the characters encounter, and lessens the amount of tension
present by it. For instance, as Lady Blakeney enters the inn at Calais, France she makes
a statement which is somewhat humorous considering the amount of suspense present at
wildest stretch of imagination, be called ‘whole.’” The character’s opinion is relayed to
the reader which not only brings a grin to their face, but also helps them to understand
the character more.
Suspense coupled with romance, even further captivates the reader. It’s
unfortunate that the misunderstanding between Sir Percy and his wife effects their love
towards one another. If she had only been aware of the secretive part of his life,
different events might have occurred for the better. These emotions strike the reader
and add depth to the novel. A particular scene, where the tension between the two main
characters is at it’s height, takes place on the porch of the Blakeney’s estate during the
early hours of the morning. Sir Percy and Marguerite misunderstand one another and
she leaves feeling that he doesn’t love her anymore, when he actually adores her just as
much as the day they got married. But the two never reveal their true emotions until the
conclusion of the story where certain events lead to it’s exposure.
The Scarlet Pimpernel is also noteworthy for it’s historical content and
enlightenment of the time period during the French revolution. Those years saw the
The struggles faced by those who were innocent and who’s lives were unfortunately ended
at the hands of “Madame la guillotine” is clearly expressed by this novel. The reader
even gains a respect and appreciation for it. This story not only entertains the reader,
but also educates them and arises interest in history.
Overall, this proved to be a very interesting novel, one which should be
recommended to any reader in search of entertainment and historical enlightenment.
The Scarlet Pimpernel truly captured the essence of the time period through the lavish
language and detailed descriptions, proving it to be a notable history book.